Nguyen, Hoang-Phuong (2008): What is in it for the poor? Evidence from fiscal decentralization in Vietnam. Published in: Journal of Public and International Affairs No. 19 (June 2008): pp. 69-90.
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Like other developing countries, Vietnam has attempted to push for greater fiscal decentralization in the hope of a more efficient delivery of social services to targeted citizens. The fiscal decentralization initiative is encouraging and merits pursuit, but the present study however, shows that a misstep in the decentralization process can discriminate disproportionately against the poor. Specifically, an increase in the sub-provincial share of the total provincial expenditures is predicted to bring about an appreciable decrease in the lowest-quintile average monthly income. We suggest that the Vietnamese government require provinces to adopt pro-poor allocation norms rather than reclaiming its control over the provincial expenditure assignment. This paper’s empirical findings sound a note of considerable caution that other developing countries should exercise in their fiscal decentralization efforts to avoid creating unintended consequences for the poor.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||What is in it for the poor? Evidence from fiscal decentralization in Vietnam|
|Keywords:||Fiscal decentralization; Vietnam; poverty reduction|
|Subjects:||H - Public Economics > H8 - Miscellaneous Issues > H87 - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
H - Public Economics > H8 - Miscellaneous Issues > H83 - Public Administration; Public Sector Accounting and Audits
|Depositing User:||Hoang-Phuong Nguyen|
|Date Deposited:||28. Jun 2008 04:10|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 03:13|
Nguyen, Hoang-Phuong, (2008). What is in it for the poor? Evidence from fiscal decentralization in Vietnam. Journal of Public and International Affairs, 19.